I have been testing my new box with my collection of remotes & Keyboard/Mouse.
Firstly. let me say I find most of the negative comments on the supplied remote unfounded. I found that it works well to about 5 metres with one proviso; It must be pointed directly at the box which is not hard once you get used to it. As XBMC is designed for a 3 metre (10 foot) interface, it certainly falls within that parameter. I also like the simplicity of the very few buttons which is great for normal users. For advanced users, there are many other options and honestly, what do you expect with a box that sells for around $50? A gold plated remote?
I moved on to testing a cheap PC Remote and Wireless Keyboard/Mouse that I had purchased from eBay, both costing less than $10. They also worked perfectly and I also copied the key codes across to my Harmony 200 and Harmony 1000 and again they worked perfectly. I have attached pictures of the two eBay remotes to this post for your information.
Note I say they worked perfectly because I modify the keyboard mapping to suit my needs and I have included a example of keyboard mapping which you can do simply by installing the official XBMC add-on "Keymap Editor".
Here is the short example:-
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